Australia’s Scott Boland hopes to be ‘role model’ for Indigenous community after Test debut against England | Cricket News

Scott Boland becomes only the second Indigenous Australian cricketer to represent the country in the men’s cricket test, scoring 1-48 on his debut against England at the MCG; Australia closed the first day with 61-1, knocking out 124 tourists

Last updated: 26/12/21 12:17


Australian Scott Boland celebrates his first wicket test after firing Mark Wood at the MCG

Ashes rookie Scott Boland hopes he can be a role model for Australian indigenous youth after becoming only the second member of that community to play men’s test cricket.

32-year-old Victoria seamer, whose grandfather was from the Aboriginal tribe of Gulidjan, received her first test cap at the start of the Boxing Day Test against England at the MCG.

Jason Gillespie is the only other male player with indigenous Australian descent to represent the country at the test level, while the women’s test team featured two others, Faith Thomas and Ash Gardner.

“I’m pretty proud,” Boland said. “My family is also very proud.

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Australian bowler Scott Boland says he can be a “role model” for aspiring indigenous cricketers after becoming the second player with indigenous Australian heritage to play for the men’s test team after his third Ashes Test debut.

Australian bowler Scott Boland says he can be a “role model” for aspiring indigenous cricketers after becoming the second player with indigenous Australian heritage to play for the men’s test team after his third Ashes Test debut.

“It means a lot to join a rather small club and hopefully it is just the beginning of something big for the indigenous cricket community.

“If I can be a role model for indigenous youth who want to play cricket, I think the indigenous community in [Australian rules] football and rugby are so great – hopefully one day the aborigines in cricket will be just as great. “

Boland, who played 14 ODI and three T20 internationals in 2016, appeared in the Aboriginal XI who traveled to England two years later to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Australia’s first touring team, also an indigenous team.

Boland took the opportunity to remove the last English man Ollie Robinson as tourists were eliminated by 185 in the third Ashes Test

Boland took the opportunity to remove the last English man Ollie Robinson as tourists were eliminated by 185 in the third Ashes Test

However, the paceman had remained off the international stage until recently when he was called into Australian team A to take on the English Lions and then senior training as a cover for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Boland finished with numbers 1-48 on his home ground in Melbourne, picking up Mark Wood’s wicket as England were eliminated by 185 on day one.

Australia, who will win the Ashes as long as they avoid defeat at the MCG, finished 61-1, behind by 124.

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